Guido hears that Andrew Mitchell has been droppped from doing media-relations for Basher’s campaign and put in charge of making the tea. Anyone who saw his toe-curling performance against Andrew Neil, where he choked up like a school-boy in the headmaster’s office, will understand. Its all the media’s doing Mitchell protested, before telling viewers and an incredulous Andrew Neil that the speech went down well in the conference hall. Went down like a ton of bricks more like. Mitchell’s own International Development portfolio speech was described in the Guardian as a “polished turd”.
Conway is likely to reap what he sowed. After bullying new MPs to back Davis on the grounds that Basher was a sure thing and if they wanted to get on, they best back Basher. It would not be a surprise therefore if the new boys itch to switch allegiance, particularly in the second round of voting.